Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Sun Printing with Fiber Junkies

Fiber Junkies met last friday for a fun day of sun printing. The weather was with us and Val had set up her garage space into a wonderful work area. We had some interesting fabric to work on and used a variety of transparent paints.
You can see Val's hands here, painting her already dyed fabric with Set a Color and using several colors.
Leave it to Val to think of something really cool to do. Next she'll lay objects on top to block out the sun.
Even the smallest piece of fabric did not escape our hands.
We laid the fabric out on big boards as well as pieces of foam core and waited and waited for the magic to happen.
A variety of objects were laid on top; we found the heavier items that hugged the fabric worked best, although even at that, there were a lot of faint images.
These lacy ferns from Val's garden did give somewhat of an image even though they weren't snug against the fabric.
This piece used ferns - very successful and done on an already dyed fabric.
This plastic place mat turned out wonderful. I haven't seen them in years but someone said you can still get this in tablecloth form at Super stores. It looks like I'll be making a trip there soon.  What we don't use in sun printing, I think would work in deconstructive screen printing.
Gen had great success with leaves - her secret - press the leaves in a book for a week before to flatten them and before they dry out.  They were still moist but very flat when she used them to create this wonderful piece. Of course we all had to have a turn with her leaves after that. This was probably the best piece of the day.
Gen - Sun Printing Queen for the day.
All in all, it was fun to play with friends, laugh at the misses and oooh and ahhh over the successes. We had all the right ingredients so I don't know where we went wrong.  This technique has always been a hit or miss for me, today was a "major miss". But the one fabric that was beautiful - the fabric base used to cover the table - yummy.

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